Knight-Thon is UCF’s Dance Marathon benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network and UCF’s largest student-run philanthropy, and each year it has grown in participation and funds raised. In its 16th year, Knight-Thon raised more than $118,000, which was a 41 percent increase over the previous year, and participation increased 35 percent.

With a new executive board already in place, the organization is working hard to reach its 2012-13 goal of $170,000.

Hundreds of students from more than 60 student organizations fundraise year-round, and it all leads up to a Dance Marathon where participants stand on their feet for 16 hours in an effort to raise awareness for Central Florida’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The marathon challenges students to stay on their feet while keeping in mind sick children who are not able to stand.

Each hour a different type of music like country-western, rock and oldies keeps students moving. “Moralers” move about the participants offering support and snacks, and each hour they lead a morale dance to keep everyone in high spirits.

If you would like more information about Knight-Thon, visit For The Kids We Are!